Grocery Rescue Manager

Grocery Rescue Manager


The Grocery Rescue Manager is responsible for leading the implementation of a business strategy that is focused on the food donation impact at the Food Bank of the Rockies. This role will work closely with key suppliers and their sustainability programs, with a focus on increasing food donations and strengthening vendor partnerships.

This role will be highly visible and include public representation of the work in the community, the corporate sustainability community, and Feeding America. To be successful in this position this person will need strong relationship skills, have the ability to think rationally and quickly under pressure, and be goal orientated.

This is a go-getter position that not only oversees the entire program but manages partnerships whose donations feed directly into our warehouses. This role will have two direct reports.

Opportunity type
Warehouse / Supply Chain / Drivers
Job responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Work directly with local food manufacturers, distributors, and redistribution centers and their corporate sustainability leadership to strengthen partnerships and increase food donations as measured by monthly and quarterly reports
Responsible for the overall success of the Grocery Rescue Program and setting strategic goals with the Food Sourcing Director
Food donation relation management includes but not limited to: prospecting donors, cold calls, presenting, following up, being the point of contact for relationships created, and finding ways to keep donors positively engaged
Responsible for overall quality and variety of donations received
Work with Raiser’s Edge system for donor management
Working with donation policy and invoice for waste or spoilage if necessary
Represent the Food Bank of the Rockies in local, state, and national Sustainability forums
Collaborate with other food banks with best practices and excess donations
Working cross-departmentally to ensure donations are properly received and placed in our food access streams, scheduled, and accounted for properly
Lead the organization’s Grocery Rescue Meetings
Write, review, and approve newsletters
Help develop training for staff and partners
Coordinate and complete reporting reflecting the Grocery Rescue Program
Provides support, conducts team reviews, sets and achieves team goals and provides program guidance for two supervisor-level staff
Communicating with diverse groups clearly and concisely both verbally and through writing
Provides exceptional customer service to all partners

Application qualifications

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to represent FBR with professional poise and work effectively with a wide range of constituents
Comfortable within a fast-paced environment and ability to make quick logical decisions
Strong fresh produce, dairy and protein regulation, transportation and storage knowledge
Demonstrates compassion and sensitivity to vulnerable populations
Passion and ability for mentoring, training, and developing direct and indirect staff
Excellent organizational, time management, and follow-through skills
Self-directed and results-oriented
Proactive and independent problem solver
Exercise independent judgment, think critically and strategically, collaborate with others, and follow through to execute projects and program requirements
Strong customer service orientation
Analyzing reports and creating action steps based on analysis
Ability to communicate persuasively and articulately both verbally and in writing
Ability to set and achieve professional goals and assist a team to do the same


Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred; or equivalent work-related experience.
Minimum 4 years of distribution, sales, or program management experience
Experience in the food industry with manufacturers or distributors is highly recommended
Food waste experience is a plus
Proven track record of professional accomplishments
Proven experience working with corporate accounts
Proven ability to “sell” complicated ideas or products
Proven track record with managing programs
Proven ability to be solutions orientated and proactive with ideas and concepts
Outstanding presentation skills
Willingness and capability to work with media
Extensive experience using Microsoft Office Suite and online technologies
Experience using collaborative tools for file storage and sharing, meeting scheduling, and virtual collaboration required
Must have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license


Food Bank of the Rockies offers a fulfilling workplace and comprehensive benefits package, including: paid time off; paid sick leave; 10 paid holidays; 401K retirement plan with a 6 percent employer-paid match; and competitive employee health, dental, and vision, including maternity/paternity leave. We offer 8 hours of volunteer time.

About the organization

About Food Bank of the Rockies

Founded in 1978, Food Bank of the Rockies was originally known as the Colorado Food Clearing House. Operating from a 900-square-foot schoolroom in northwest Denver, the fledgling organization collected bread from a nearby Safeway store, our first food donor, and distributed it to Little Sisters of the Poor, our first partner agency. Today, Food Bank of the Rockies has extended its reach across northern Colorado, providing food and supplies to more than 800 hunger-relief programs.

Since 1978, Food Bank of the Rockies has provided more than 700 million meals for people in need. So far in 2021, through our direct service programs and partners, we have distributed over 66 million pounds of food, the equivalent of nearly 54 million meals annually or 226,000 meals every day to children, seniors and families in need. Food Bank of the Rockies is a member of Feeding America and of Feeding Colorado, a consortium of the five food banks operating in Colorado.

Food Bank of the Rockies has a staff of 180 employees at distribution centers in Denver, Wyoming and the Western Slope.